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Conference Game Day #16!

Gooood morning.

First, some GNAC logistics we’ve heard people talking about:

We assume that CU-PDX leaving the conference will just see the conference round-robin go back to what it was before they entered, that being SMU being travel partners with WOU and SPU being travel partners with MSUB. Why are SPU and MSUB paired? Because in order to get to Billings from most GNAC locales, you have to fly through SeaTac, and so it actually works relatively well.

Second: Seattle Pacific has officially won the regular season championship. We thought they clinched it with the win on Thursday night but the conference website said it was only a partial, and yet… Every team directly behind them won, and yet now they’ve clinched it for real? Go figure. Congrats Falcons -keep battling; with the way the Pac-West and CCAA are going, it’s looking like the only guaranteed entry is the autobid.

Now, let’s jump into yesterday’s games:

SFU 64 @ WOU 76

We kind of thought this would be a blow-out, and yet Simon Fraser kept it relatively competitive. Relatively. The Clan was never going to win, but at the same time it never truly got out of hand, so… Moral victory? The consensus seems to be that WOU is the most dangerous team while UAF’s Shadeed Shabazz is the most dangerous player.

Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 15 points; Jas Singh had 18 points; and Julian Roche had 10 points and six boards. Off the bench Corey Nzigamasabo had four boards; and Mike Hannan had nine points and five boards.

Wolf highlights: Cameron Cranston had 13 points among a full house of stats; Dalven Brushier had 11 points; Darius Lubom had 15 points; and John Morrill-Keeler had five boards. Off the bench Emanuel Gant had 14 points and six boards; and Riley Hamilton went 6-6 and had 14 points and five boards.

Not the prettiest game, but big congrats to the Wolves on getting it done. If the Clan was going to try and make the Falcons overlook them, they may or may not have done a good job with Wil Balata and Mike Provenzano playing atrociously.

WWU 91 @ CU-PDX 65

It was never really a game and Rhodes continues to rotate his guys heavily in regard to starting. Dakota has now proven two games in a row that he doesn’t care at which point he plays, he’s going to hurt you, while Hunter Sweet has given other schools a good display of not being adaptable, seeing as he’s now had two really bad games in a row. Good to know.

Viking highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had 20 points; Siaan Rojas had 11 points and six boards; Logan Schilder had seven boards; Jalen Green had five boards; and Trevor Jasinsky had 13 points. Off the bench Leif Anderson had 11 points; RJ Secrest had six points, five boards, and four assists; Luke Lovelady was back and had five points; and Cameron Retherford had nine points.

Cavalier highlights: Dom Bradley had nine points. Off the bench Bryce Cheney had nine points and six boards; and Dakota Ayala had 27 points and six boards.

Congrats Vikings on getting the ‘W.’ Cavaliers, you should be aware that we did grad school at the NAIA level, and so we’re also very familiar with the Cal-Pac, Cascade, and Frontier conference, so you can also reach out if you have questions about those schools. We’ve been to probably 15 of them in person? They span Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Idaho, and Montana.

SMU 59 @ MSUB 79

It was a game for a while before MSUB blew it open in the second half. It’s games like this that prove that the transitive property is kind of BS as it comes to basketball. We’re not sure how the mental state factored in; MSUB is in “Win now” mode because they need to sweep these last five games in order to make the conference tournament. One down, four to go. Let’s go Jackets!

Saints highlights: CJ Jennings had 21 points; Marky Adams had 12 boards, nine points, and five fouls; and Alex Schumacher had 16 points, seven boards, and four assists.

Jacket highlights: Chrishon Dixon had nine points and six boards; Stevie James had nine points; and Brendan Howard had 21 points and nine boards. Off the bench Clarence Daniels had seven boards; Psalm Maduakor had 10 points, five boards, and five assists; and Jordan Lehrer had six boards.

Great to see Psalm and Stevie heating up as the season itself gets hotter. They had some good games early and then faded a bit in the middle, but… Now is the time! The march to March, time to step it up. Congrats to Alex Schumacher on having a good bounce-back game and congrats to the Jackets for living to see another day in the battle to Seattle.

CWU 68 @ UAA 70

iAy caramba! Another spicy game for the Seawolves. Interestingly enough they led pretty comfortably for the entire first half and then well into the second half, before CWU started clicking into gear with about 13 minutes left and then things were hot from there on out.

Wildcat highlights: Kevin Baker had 12 points; and Marqus Gilson had five fouls. Off the bench Jeryn Lucas had 13 points; Gamaun Boykin had 17 points and seven boards; and Micah Pollard had 10 points, five assists, and four steals.

Seawolf highlights: Niko Bevens had six boards; Tyrus Hosley had 18 points; Tobin Karlberg had eight boards; and Oggie Pantovic had a whopping 24 points and 15 boards. Off the bench DeAndre Osuigwe had six boards; and Tyler Brimhall had seven points.

How was CWU in this at all?? Their numbers are still SO bad and they have zero consistency. We’ve been hearing rumblings from the ‘fire Rinta’ camp, and what is it about playing at UAA that makes us want to throw in the towel on head coaches? We’re not quite there yet, but… These numbers compared with the numbers that guys have put up in the past screams coaching interference and/or poor recruiting of personalities, so… It’s only his second year, but the seat may be warming. Congrats UAA on digging deep and pulling out the win.

NNU 94 @ UAF 52

We were expecting an insane game and we got this, which is insane in its own way. Oh my my, Nighthawks you is bad. Much like Billings (okay, but a lot better than Billings) NNU is clicking into gear beautifully in the march to March. We love it. We knew they had great guys, and so to see them finally playing like it and dominating is fantastic.

Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had 10 points and eight boards; Beto Diaz had 13 points and seven rebounds; Jayden Bezzant had 25 points, five boards, and five assists; and Spider Adentunji had nine points and 11 boards. Off the bench Jaylen Fox had 11 points; Zeke Alley had 18 points and six steals; and Gabe Murphy had seven boards.

Nanook highlights: Spencer Sweet had 16 points. Off the bench Marcus lee had eight points; and Alex Sommerfield had nine points and seven boards.

Yes, Shadeed Shabazz went 0-12, but the Nanooks lost by 42, so… Him not scoring the 29 points he attempted didn’t really affect it. Could he have been distributing? Yeah, but these numbers appear that the Nooks are good at getting into the hot hand when the hot hand is hot; they’re not good at doing the stone soup of points and field stats. NNU had a whopping 50 rebounds to UAFs’ 25, which is probably even more insane than the lopsided score. The Nanooks have a HUUUUGE game against UAA on Tuesday and so we’ll see how that goes. Anything in can happen in a rivalry game, so watch out.

Not the day of games we expected, but so goes the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Player-of-the-week for this week and last will be up in the AM.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Previewing Today’s Games!

Goood morning. We are looking potentially at one of the most intriguing days of the year as it comes to the GNAC regular season, and so… Let’s talk about it.

All times pacific.

SFU @ WOU @ 2pm

SFU is super 50/50, WOU can get really hot, and so while our inclination is that WOU is going to take SFU down, considering the Wolves dismantling of Western Washington Thursday, this is the GNAC and who knows what’s going to happen? We think the game will go one of three ways: SFU wins a close one, WOU wins a close one, or WOU wins a blow-out. We don’t see SFU blowing out WOU.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

NNU @ UAF @ 3pm

GAME OF THE DAY!!!!!!! Beyond excited about it. Both teams are coming off of absolutely brutal losses and are tied at 9-6 in conference play. When the teams met about a month ago, NNU won comfortable, but UAF has gotten hotter and hotter as the season has gone on, and so there are no guarantees. While for the most part NNU guys played well on Thursday, a ton of UAF guys had bad games and so they’ll be looking to rebound in a big way. We’ll see what happens.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

WWU @ CU-PDX @ 6:15pm

Concordia was giving SFU all they could handle in the first half before completely collapsing in the second half. We’ll see how they do against WWU. The good news is that WWU and SFU match-up really well, so Thursday likely was a good lesson for the Cavaliers. If Rhodes goes back to the normal line-up, the Young Earthers could get the win.

Prediction: WWU wins.

SMU @ MSUB @ 6:30pm

If you’re going by recent results, SMU only lost to SPU by 10, while MSUB lost by 20 at home, so… Saints get the ‘W’? No, the big difference between SPU and SMU is likely the containing of Brendan Howard. The Falcons did a phenomenal job at containing him and we’re not sure that SMU has the personnel to be able to do the same. While the Jackets lost by 20 on Thursday, a lot of their guys played pretty well and so a good win is absolutely a possibility today. It’s getting down to the wire, MSUB is currently still in the race for the conference tournament, but if they lose today they’re likely out.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


Both teams are coming off of insane wins on Thursday night. Last time the Wildcats and Seawolves met, the Wildcats murdered the Seawolves 84-50 and so… We’ll see if the Seawolves remember that, and we’ll see if the Wildcats aren’t taking the Seawolves seriously. Both teams are tied at 8-7, both are battling for a spot in the conference tournament, and… We’ll see.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

It should be a great day of games. We passed two kidney stones while we were on the Billings trip, and so today will be spent on the couch, hopefully watching the Seattle Dragons beat the Tampa Bay Vipers and five amazing GNAC basketball games.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Conference Game Day #15!

Gooood morning from Spokane, Washington! There were some absolutely incredible and very stereotypically GNAC games last night, and so… Let’s talk about them.

SFU 79 @ CU-PDX 56

We were kind of 50/50 on this game; CU-Portland was going to come out swinging, or they were going to roll over and die, and the same went for Simon Fraser; either they would come out swinging, or they would take pity and make it close. As it turns out, all of the above happened. Concordia let at the half, and then Simon Fraser destroyed them in the second half.

Clan highlights: Wil Balata had six boards and five assists; Mike Provenzano had 17 points, five boards, and five assists; Jas Singh had 13 points, five boards, and five assists; and Julian Roche had 14 points and five boards. Off the bench Corey Nzigamasabo had four boards and four points; and Mike Hannan had five points.

Cavs highlights: Off the bench Caleb Larsen had five assists; Dakota Ayala had 16 points; and Dane Agost had five boards.

We have no idea what CU-PDX was doing with their starting line-up, nor how Hunter Sweet disappeared so badly. We may go back and skim through the video feed of this game, because these numbers are beyond strange. It appears that Rhodes is attempting to allow everyone shoot their shot and demonstrate their game as they begin the transfer process, and you would think a very up-and-down SFU team would be a good chance to do that, and yet… It apparently wasn’t. Congrats to the Clan on getting a very important ‘W’ in the fight for the conference tournament.

WWU 72 @ WOU 89

The score actually tells a pretty accurate picture. WOU would lead comfortably, and then with about 10 minutes left in the 1st half WWU managed to get back into it and then WOU walked away again. At one point in the second half WWU got within four, but WOU clamped down and got it done well and thoroughly.

Viking highlights: Siaan Rojas had 19 points, eight boards, and five assists among a full house of stats; Logan Schilder had 10 points and 11 boards for the double-double; and Trevor Jasinsky went 5-7 from the line. Off the bench LEIF ANDERSON shot well and had 15 points; and Cameron Retherford had seven points and five fouls.

Wolf highlights: Jaylyn Richardson went 8-8 from the line; Cameron Cranston had 13 points and five boards; Dalven Brushier had 17 points and five boards; Darius Lubom had five boards; John Morrill-Keeler had 16 points and six boards among a full house of stats; and off the bench Emanuel Gant’s reign as the conference’s premier sixth man continued with 15 points, eight boards, four assists, and four steals among a full house of stats.

Ridiculously pleased with the Wolves’ teamwork. Still have no idea what the Viks are doing, but… They can be a good team. They should get the win against Concordia on Saturday, so the fight continues.

SPU 83 @ MSUB 62

The Jackets kept up well in the first half until the Falcons went on an 11-0 run and were up by 12 at halftime. Pretty funny sequence with about a minute left in the first half; the Jackets finally responded and went on a 4-0 run, which caused Grant Leep to get visibly consternated and promptly call a time-out. The second half was largely uneventful, although the Jackets did do a solid job at shutting Divant’e Moffitt down, so props there.

Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 15 points and seven boards; Divant’e had 14 points; and Gabe Colosimo had nine points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 15 points and four boards; Sharif Khan had three steals; Mehdi El Mardi had seven points and five boards; and Jacob Medjo had seven points and six boards. Gavin Long was MVP of supporting his teammates.

Jacket highlights: Chrishon Dixon had six boards; and Brendan Howard went 6-6 from the line. Off the bench Psalm Maduakour had 11 points and four boards; and Jordan Lehrer had four boards and an absolutely incredible dunk on 5’11 Braden Olsen. We see you Jordan, we see you.

MSUB actually did a pretty good job containing the Falcons overall, while the Falcons did a fantastic job rotating on Brendan Howard. While he finished with 15 points, he went 4-14 from the field, and so that’s a great defensive performance to see the Falcons have against a truly fantastic player.

SMU 75 @ SPU 86

This game was hysterical. Literally no one in that gym was mentally there and the feeling was completely lackadaisical. The game itself from the get-go gave us the impression that while SMU was never going to win, SPU was never going to run away with it either, and that’s exactly what happened.

Saints highlights: CJ Jennings had six boards and five fouls; Logan Rooney had five boards; Alex Clinton had 12 points; Marky Adams was freed and had 12 points on good shooting while playing 32 minutes; off the bench Alex Schumacher had 21 points.

Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 15 points, nine boards, and six assists; Divant’e Moffit had 14 points; Gabe Colosimo had eight boards; and Shaw Anderson had 15 points. Off the bench BRADEN OLSEN had 24 points; Sharif Khan had six points; and Jacob Medjo had six points.

We’re not sure whether the Falcons were unprepared to face Alex Schumacher because he’d been seeing minimal minutes, or if they simply didn’t care. Maybe both? But he had a great game, so that’s fun. Congrats to SPU on getting the ‘W’ and congrats to SMU on putting up some good numbers.

CWU 66 @ UAF 63

HOOOOOLY GUACAMOLE. This game was insane. Close the whole time. Everything you want in a GNAC game of chaos. We’re stunned that the Nooks didn’t pull it out, but… Apparently CWU wanted it more. Which makes sense, we suppose, considering CWU is on the conference tournament bubble while UAF is as comfortable as any GNAC team in the horde of teams trying to make the tournament.

Wildcat highlights: Xavier Smith had nine points; Kevin Baker had seven boards; and Marqus Gilson shot well and had nine points and 11 boards. Off the bench JERYN LUCAS had 25 points; Gamaun Boykin had nine points; Matt Poquette had five boards, and Micah Pollard had four boards.

Nook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz had 27 points, five assists, and five steals; and Spencer Sweet had 13 points. Off the bench Markel Banks had eight points and seven boards; and Alex Sommerfield had five points and four boards.

A lot went wrong for the Nooks tonight and they kept a red hot Wildcat team within three, which we’re not really sure means a whole lot, especially playing at home, but… We’re not concerned about this lost, honestly. It was an intense game and as long as they bounce back against the Nighthawks on Saturday, it should be largely inconsequential, despite the fact that bouncing back against the Nighthawks likely will be a tall order. Congrats to the Wildcats on a HUUUUGE win!

NNU 89 @ UAA 90 in OT

HOOOOLY BANANAS. NNU was in the lead literally the entire time until UAA tied it up with seven seconds left in the game, and then… The Seawolves won it in OT. By one. Which was the most they led by for one brief point in regulation. This has to be beyond heartbreaking for the Nighthawks and so… We anticipate they’ll be in death mode on Saturday.

Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had 11 points; George Reidy had five boards; Jayden Bezzant had 25 points and seven assists; and Spider Adentunji had 14 points and 11 boards for the double-double. Off the bench Jaylen Fox had 10 points and four assists; and Zeke Alley had 18 points, five boards, and four assists.

Seawolf highlights: Niko Bevens had 10 points; Tyrus Hosley had 13 points, four boards, and 11 assists; Jack Macdonald had 13 points, five boards, and six assists; and OGGIE PANTOVIC had a whopping 26 points and 15 boards for the double-double. Off the bench DeAndre Osuigwe had seven points and four boards; and Tyler Brimhall was back in action with seven points.

This game is just mind blowing. We’re ridiculously proud of the Seawolves while simultaneously being ridiculously devastated for the Nighthawks, and how amazing is that? NNU has been insanely hot for so long now and so for the Seawolves to get the win is big, while for the Nighthawks to lose in Anchorage isn’t honestly the end of the world. UAA is a good team and Anchorage is a hard place to play. The trick will be bouncing back on Saturday; while we said the Nighthawks are a tall order for the Nanooks, the Nanooks are a tall order for the Nighthawks.

What an amazing night. We had a great time in Billings.

Congrats to all teams on hard games well fought.

Game previews will be up in the AM.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Previewing Today’s Games!

Goood morning. We are currently en route to Billings, Montana, and there are some AMAZING games on the schedule tonight, so… Let’s talk about them!

All times pacific.

SPU @ MSUB @ 4:15pm

While the result appears semi-obvious, Brendan Howard will make things interesting, Zharon Richmond could make things interesting, Jalen Green is a chucker as far as we’re concerned but other people seem to think that he makes things interesting, and so… If SPU comes out as flat as they did against SMU on Tuesday, this game could be a major problem. If MSUB can catch them off-guard with a slow start, who knows? It’s hard to play in Altertowitz, and we feel like we say that a lot, but… Basically it’s hard to play outside the I-5 corridor. We’ll see what these young Falcons are able to do at 2500 feet.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

WWU @ WOU @ 7:30pm

Arguably the best game of the night. The Westerns have kind of cultivated a great rivalry as of late; their games tend to be super exciting, huge battles, both are still vying for a spot in the conference tournament, WWU’s locked in battle (currently) with NNU for the first round BYE, and so… Everyone’s gonna be fired up. It should be amazing.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CWU @ UAF @ 8pm

Yet another rivalry game. Spar vs. his old school. We know there are a lot of CWU turned UAF fans that’ll be rooting for the Wildcats to go down, and go down hard, and they just might because this year’s UAF team gets more fantastic as the season goes on. They’re building and building and we think tonight it’ll continue, despite the fact that CWU has been a lot better as of late.

Prediction: UAF wins.

NNU @ UAA @ 8pm

NNU is battling for the first round BYE, UAA is battling to make the tournament, it’s going to be intense, it’s going to be crazy. UAA was just swept by the North schools and so they’re going to be wanting to bounce back. NNU has been on a HUUUUGE winning streak and so they’re going to want to keep it rolling. While we lean toward NNU, we’ll still say…

Prediction: Pick ’em.

SFU @ CU-PDX @ 8:30pm

Yes, that time is correct; we double checked. A lot has come out since CU-Portland last played, and so there’s ultimately going to be a lot on the line for both teams. CU-PDX to end the final season in existence strong, and SFU because they’re locked in a battle trying to make the conference tournament. Concordia had some good results last week, getting a win over SMU, and then getting to go really deep and get a lot of guys playing time against SPU, and so… They should come out super strong at the very minimum. Simon Fraser has been looking better and better; while they’re coming off a loss to UAF, that’s nothing to be too worried about and so they’ll want to get this win to continue their battle for the conference tournament.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

We want SFU to play hard and get the win, but at the same time anyone beating Concordia will now feel like kicking a puppy. Yikes.

As noted above: Tonight we’re at Alterowitz. It’ll be our first time back there in three years, although our fourth time at MSUB. Jacket fans: We have curly blonde hair and will be sitting directly across from SPU, so by all means come say ‘hi.’

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Rest in Peace, CU-Portland.

It came out yesterday that this is Concordia-Portland’s final year in operation, due to financial solvency issues.

As much as we pushed for Coach B. to be let go because we didn’t feel like he was getting the most out of his players, it kills us that he was let go only to have the institution close one year later. We assume the athletic department had no idea it was this imminent, or they would have let him finish it out.

In the five years we’ve been writing about the Cavalier men’s basketball program, they’ve they’ve had some great guys pass through, including but not limited to:

  • Jarrett Gray
  • Jace Cates
  • Drew Martin
  • Davis Nuiami
  • Riley Hawken
  • Tyler Gutierrez
  • Cody Starr
  • Hunter Sweet
  • Xavier Smith
  • Dom Bradley
  • Dakota Ayala
  • Russell Tillery

When we go through CU-Portland’s rosters from the last five years, those are the guys that stand out in our memories. While they never made a GNAC tournament, all had some incredibly great games, and all helped make writing about the GNAC fun. We were able to witness them play a number of great nailbiters, achieve a good number of upsets, and put forth some outstanding individual performances.

Obviously out of all of them, Dakota Ayala and Jarrett Gray in particular will hold a special place in our heart. We feel blessed and privileged to have gotten to watch them play. We assume that it’ll be an ‘immediate eligibility’ situation and anticipate Dakota and Hunter being snapped up by other GNAC schools pretty quickly, if they do want to stay in our very soggy (but green and lovely) locale. The rest: Nine years in, we’re really familiar with every D2 men’s basketball program on the west coast, so by all means reach out and we’re happy to give you our thoughts on potential landing spots.

While it won’t be an option for a majority of men’s basketball players, for normal students looking at transferring to CU-Irvine we would 110% recommend it. When we visited earlier this year, we loved it. The campus is beautiful, facilities are great, everyone was super nice, and you cannot beat SoCal weather during the school year.

To the Concordia neighborhood and community: our thoughts are with you in mourning the loss of this 115-year-old stalwart.

Christi Crux Est Mihi Lux,
The GNAC Men’s Basketblog

Conference Game Day #14!

Goood morning. We had a simply marvelous night of games, and so… Let’s talk about them.

UAF 87 @ SFU 85

SFU was actually leading for quite a while and we were like “Wow, SFU is being really impressive,” and yet… The Nooks have learned how to win together. And at the end we were like “There’s no hope, Simon Fraser is down seven with a minute left,” and yet the Clan got it to within two. They couldn’t close the deal, but… It was still impressive. We’ll be curious to see what they do at the Oregons.

Nook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz had 37 points, eight boards, and six assists among a full house of stats; Spencer Sweet had 18 points; Alex Sommerfield started and had 14 points; and off the bench Markel Banks had nine points.

Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 24 points; Wil Balata shot well and had 19 points and five boards; Mike Provenzano had 12 points and six assists; and Jas Singh had 13 points and seven boards among a full house of stats.

Did not having Mawich matter to the Nooks? Honestly not really. We haven’t seen the powerful performances he had earlier in the season in quite a while. You can’t really do the feed-the-big thing with him unless he’s matched up with a big that’s similarly lacking in weight, so tip-off and then play small seems to be the MO of the Nooks. Both teams shot north of 50% and there were minimal rebounds, and so… Defense? What’s that? Fun game though. There’s no way to predict who’ll match-up in the conference tournament, but this game would be a fun rematch. Congrats to the Nooks on pulling out the win, and congrats to the Clan on battling well.

UAA 81 @ WWU 85 in OT

This game was amazing. Back and forth the whole way. Oggie playing major minutes. No Tyler Brimhall, so not sure what’s up with that. We still have no idea what to make of this WWU team, but… This victory was critical, and so it’s good they got it. Little bit disappointed on UAA’s behalf, but oh well. They gave it everything they had. Good teams find a way to win, regardless of injuries, and so… The grind continues.

Seawolf highlights: Tyrus Hosley started and had eight boards; Tobin Karlberg continues to impress with 20 points and seven boards; Oggie Pantovic had 33 points and 12 boards, while going 7-9 from the line; and off the bench Deandre Osuigwe had six points and four boards.

Viks highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had 22 points; Siaan Rojas was back in the starting line-up and had 10 points, five boards, and five fouls; LOGAN SCHILDER had 17 points, 15 boards, eight blocks, and five fouls amongst a full house of stats; Jalen Green had 17 points and nine boards among a full house of stats; Trevor Jasinsky had five boards; and off the bench Cameron Retherford had 10 points.

WWU was playing without Luke Lovelady, which is curious, and while not the most critical, ending the skid was huge, especially considering they head down to the Oregons this week and WOU should be quite the battle. UAA is hosting the red hot East schools, so we’ll see how that goes. Great game played by all, exciting to see Logan finally dominating.

MSUB 80 @ NNU 88

Don’t let the final score fool you; this wasn’t a game. NNU was in control the whole time. While we’re not ready to write off MSUB just yet… This game does have some major implications. The Jackets are now 4-10 in conference and take on the Puget Sound schools this week, the Alaskas the week after, and then end the season with the Oregons.

Jacket highlights: Chrishon Dixon had five assists; Zharon Richmond had 15  points; and Brendan Howard had 17 points and five boards. Off the bench Clarence Daniels had 12 points among a flawless full house of stats; Psalm Maduakour went 6-6 from the line and had five boards; and Jordan Lehrer had 13 points.

Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had five boards; Beto Diaz had 11 points; George Reidy went 5-5 from the line and grabbed five boards; Jayden Bezzant had 24 points; and Spider Adentunji had 12 points and 13 boards among a flawless full house of stats. Off the bench Jaylen Fox had nine points; Zeke Alley had 18 points among a full house of stats; and Gabe Murphy had six boards.

Not sure what’s up with Sam Roth; having a bit of a slumping year. The good news is that he’s only a junior, and usually GNAC guys peak junior year, so this could be setting him up to have a great senior year. Good to see Jayden Bezzant finally getting his legs back under him. The Nighthawks continue to look better and better, so… We’ll see what happens this week in Alaska.

CU-PDX 55 @ SPU 91

Those games that you realize you’ve watched the whole time and yet you have no idea what went on. Not gonna lie; the Falcons were only up by 14 at halftime and we were a little concerned, but… Ended by 36, which is much more acceptable. We still don’t know what they’re doing though, that’s what makes it hard.

Cavs highlights: Dom Bradley had 15 points; and Dakota Ayala had five boards. Off the bench David Wheeler had six points; Dylan Sullivan had five points; and Elroi Butler had five boards.

Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 17 points, nine boards, and five assists; Divant’e Moffitt had 19 points and five assists; Filip Fullerton had 11 points and eight boards; and Shaw Anderson had 14 points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 12 points and four boards; Sharif Khan had six points; Mehdi El Mardi had seven points and four boards; and Jacob Medjo had five points.

On the one hand, maybe the Falcons did an okay job shutting down Dakota, but on the other hand, Rhodes only played him 20 minutes, which was probably wise because why risk it? That’s what admittedly does make some of these SPU games really interesting; you end up seeing opposing guys that you had no idea existed. Congrats to the Cavs on battling, and congrats to SPU on taking care of business.

WOU 80 @ SMU 52

WOU did what they needed to do, but they admittedly had quite a bit of help in the self-sabotaging practices of Aaron Landon’s substitutions. It was pretty back-and-forth until Marky Adams and Logan Rooney were pulled and WOU went on a huge run with probably 10 minutes left, and… That was that. SMU led by six or so, for various stretches of the second half, and we have full confidence that the guys could have gotten the win, had they been put in a position to do so.

Wolf highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had 13 points; Dalven Brushier had 24 points and 10 baords for the double-double; and John Morrill-Keeler should be in Pocatello, but had six boards against SMU instead. Off the bench Emanuel Gant had eight points, nine boards, and four steals; Antonio Salinas had nine points and five boards; and Riley Hamilton had seven points.

Saints highlights: CJ Jennings had 20 points; Logan Rooney had seven boards; John Moore had six boards; and Marky Adams had 12 points and nine boards.

Make no mistake: The SMU players didn’t lose this game, their head lost them this game. Landon’s insistence on playing a guy that puts up a regular stat line of being 1-8 with umpteen turnovers is completely unacceptable. SMU has the personnel to be making a push for the conference tournament and yet… Nope. We’ll see if anything has been adjusted on Tuesday.

Great night of games. Our heart breaks for the SMU guys. We were there back in the ’16-’17 season when Grant Leep insisted upon playing Will Parker and we lost at Anchorage by 40. Thankfully he learned, so hopefully Landon will too.

Player-of-the-week’ll be up tomorrow, and then the Regional analysis will be up on Tuesday; it’s largely done, but we figured we would wait for Chaminade to complete their games against APU and PLNU, and they play PLNU tomorrow night.

Congrats to all on a hard night of games well fought.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Previewing Today’s Games!

Gooood morning. We have some games on the schedule and this is the GNAC, meaning that it’s very well possible all of them will be odd in some way or another, and so… Let’s talk about them.

All times pacific.

CU-PDX @ SPU @ 4:15pm

It looks like a boring game, doesn’t it? Blah, blah, blah the Falcons are gonna win, and yet… This is the GNAC. And CU-PDX just had a nice win over SMU. “It’s this year’s version of SMU.” This year’s version of SMU beat UAF, something Seattle Pacific couldn’t do, so… Don’t pencil this in as a victory just yet. While SPU’s post presence is improving (we see you Mehdi El Mardi), we still wouldn’t call it adequate, whereas Concordia has Dakota, and Dakota pontificates post-presence, and so… We’ll see.

Prediction: SPU wins.

MSUB @ NNU @ 6:30pm

Okay, here’s where the chaos of the night truly begins. NNU has been looking like they’re finally getting on track, and despite the close loss to CWU, we’re thinking they still largely are. MSUB is going to be desperate to get back on track, but… That’s really hard to do in Nampa, especially against a fellow team that’s fighting for a spot in the conference tournament. This could be a good game, but we could also see MSUB getting blown out if Zharon Richmond doesn’t find his groove once again.

Prediction: If Zharon Richmond plays badly, NNU wins.

UAF @ SFU @ 7pm

We’re intrigued about this game, to say the least. Last time the two teams met UAF won by six, but… That was in Fairbanks. And we still feel like the teams match-up relatively well, but… Since that last meeting Shadeed has gotten way better, not that he was bad before, and while some of the SFU players have improved and collectively they’ve improved, they’re still not as good as they were last year, which is concerning. They escaped UAA, and we’ll see if they escape UAF tonight.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

UAA @ WWU @ 7pm

Another should-be great game. On Thursday both of these teams led for a long while before succumbing to their opponent, and tonight they’re both likely to come out fighting and want to get back on track. It’s a critical game for both, which seems insane to say in the second week of February, but… It’s definitely true. No telling what’s going to happen; WWU is on a three-game losing streak and we expect them to break it sooner rather than later, but… UAA’s a good team. UAA is currently on a two-game losing streak, but that’s relative because it was against SPU, and then at SFU without Oggie Pantovic. They’ll have Oggie tonight and we’re sure he’s ready for a battle.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

WOU @ SMU @ 7:30pm

On paper, you would expect this to be a blow-out seeing as SMU just lost to CU-PDX and WOU gave SPU all they could handle, and yet… WOU was getting their butts kicked by SPU for all of the first half. We really like the new SMU line-up, we’re excited to go see it in person. It absolutely could be a blow-out in WOU’s favor, but… Losing to SPU is kind of acceptable, whereas losing to CU-PDX for the second time this season has to put you in ‘KILL THE EFFERS’ mode, so… Looking forward to watching hopefully a couple of super fired up teams.

Prediction: WOU wins.

Should we be heading up north tonight? Yup. But are we? Nope. We’re going for the Puget Sound back-to-back against the Oregons. Should be good. We’ll be in our usual spots, so come say ‘hi.’

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Conference Game Day #13!

Hooooly goodness, what an insane night of games, let’s talk about them!

UAF 96 @ WWU 85

The score doesn’t tell the picture at all; WWU was leading for an insane amount of time, sometimes by 10+, sometimes by six, but they were maintaining the lead. UAF didn’t get it until just under 10 minutes left in the second half, but once they had it,f they didn’t let it go. On the one hand, we’re really confused, but on the other hand we’re not surprised at all.

Nook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz had 43 points, sex boards, seven assists, and four steals among a full house of stats; and Spencer Sweet had 18 points. Off the bench Keshaun Howard had six points; Marcus Lee recorded 7,000,000,000; Markel Banks had 13 points and eight boards; and Alex Sommerfield had eight points.

Viks highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had a good bounce-back game with 16 points; Logan Schilder had 19 points, five boards, and four blocks among a full house of stats; Jalen Green had 17 points and four boards; and Trevor Jasinsky had eight boards among a full house of stats. Off the bench Siaan Rojas had 13 points and 10 assists for the double-double; and Cameron Retherford had five points.

Those numbers are hilarious. UAF didn’t do jack and still won, meanwhile WWU played pretty well and still lost. The teams were for the most part even, except… The better player with unselfish teammates won over the on-fire deeper team, which is honestly just confusing, but… Nicely done Nooks! Just a reminder: We’ve believed in you since early January.

UAA 81 @ SFU 92

Not the score/result we expected, but it’s a score and a result alright. UAA was in the lead for a while, then the Clan battled back with about 10 minutes left in the first, and then UAA went up again, and then SFU battled back, and the Clan came into the second half up by two, and never relinquished the lead.

Seawolf highlights: Tobin Karlberg had 17 points, four boards, five assists, and five fouls; and Jack Macdonald went 6-6 from the field (including 4-4 from three) and had 16 points. Off the bench Niko Bevens had 19 points; and Tyrus Hosley had 13 points, five boards, and four assists.

Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 14 points and seven boards; MIKE PROVENZANO FINALLY FOUND HIS SHOT and had 22 points; and Jas Singh had 10 points and nine boards. Off the bench David Penney had nine points and six boards; Drew Bryson shot well nad had 13 points; and Mike Hannan had eight points, three boards, and three rebounds.

Even though we wrote a post about it, we completely forgot that the Seawolves would be without Oggie Pantovic for this game. We will say that we find it stupid that if you get a USA or Canadian student VISA, it doesn’t at least let you spend 72 hours in the other country without applying for a VISA. And let’s be real here: the Seawolves 100% would have won had Oggie been eligible to play. While it’s true that good teams find a way to win and Julian Roche played terribly anyway… C’mon, it’s Oggie. UAA would have won.

WOU 82 @ SPU 83

HOOOOOLY GUACAMOLE. The Wolves went up by 10, then the Falcons went up by 20, and then the second half happened, and we had no idea what was happening. SPU was leading and then it was starting be less, and less, and LESS until the Wolves finally took the lead and the SPU guys seemed to go “oh shoot.” We don’t blame them; we believe in the Wolves and yet we were like “oh, the Wolves are off tonight, okay” and yet… The Wolves thought “Not okay. Absolutely not okay. We have more fans here, let’s do this.” And they almost did.

Wolf highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had a good game with 17 points; Dalven Brushier had 13 points and five boards; and Darius Lubom had 13 points. Off the bench EMANUEL GANT continues to impress with 19 points; and Riley Hamilton had four boards.

Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell finally was at least tepidly warm with 14 points and seven boards; Divant’e Moffitt had 18 points and five assists; Filip Fullerton finally functioned again with 13 points and five boards; and Shaw Anderson had 22 points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had six points; and Mehdi El Mardi had four points.

The very end of this game was hysterical. Mehdi El Mardi ended up playing keep away with a few of the WOU players, literally just palming the ball over their heads. What’s especially funny is that Mehdi is way over-listed at 6’8; in reality, he’s probably 6’6.5, and yet… Apparently that half an inch made all the difference, because WOU had three guys listed at 6’6 in and yet they couldn’t get it. Insane game. Ridiculously proud of the Wolves for fighting back so hard and almost getting the ‘W.’ Congrats to the Falcons on a nail biter of a victory.

CU-PDX 83 @ SMU 72

AHAHAHA, welcome to the freaking GNAC. When you start having faith in a team and then it gets completely destroyed. Okay, they were next to each other in the standings, but… SMU had been looking so good! Apparently just the high of ‘we all we got, we all we need, because no Alex and no Demonte’ ended.

Cavs highlights: Xavier Smith went 8-9 from the line and had five steals; Dom Bradley had five baords; Hunter Sweet had five boards; and Dakota Ayala had 12 points and 11 boards. Off the bench Russell Tillery had 13 points; and Elroi Butler finally made noise again, with 18 points and nine boards.

Saints highlights: CJ Jennings had 24 points; Logan Rooney had 10 boards among a full house of stats; ALEX CLINTON made noise with 24 points; John Moore had 10 boards; and off the bench Marcus Lenker had six points.

So it appears that Dakota won the battle. Curious, because they are admittedly two of the better-ish bigs in the GNAC this year. Aside from Oggie, no other big has the consistency. Overall a pretty darn good match-up. Standings-wise, we don’t think either team is definitively out of the conference tournament quite yet, although it is getting close, so… We’ll see what the teams do tomorrow.

MSUB 56 @ CWU 67

We’re still not sure what we think of this year’s version of MSUB. Epitomizing conference parity? They’ve definitely had their moments, but unlike the above paragraph would have you believe: MSUB has to start winning or they are seriously going to be out of the conference tournament. It’s weird because there are seven teams in contention for five bids and all seven teams are insanely close and MSUB could be in that conversation, but as of late they’re just not. Yet they absolutely have the talent. We’ll see.

Jacket highlights: Chrishon Dixon had eight boards; Zharon Richmond had nine boards; Tyler Green had 21 points; Brendan Howard had 20 points and eight boards; and Jordan Lehrer had five boards.

Wildcat highlights: Davon Bolton had 10 points; Xavier Smith had eight boards; Kevin Baker had five boards; and Marqus Gilson had six boards. Off the bench JERYN LUCAS was absolutely on fire and had 27 points on 10-12 shooting, including a whopping 7-8 from three; and Matt Poquette had seven boards.

Geez louise! A whopping FOUR GAME swing for the Wildcats in the last two weeks. After looking like they were in SMU/CU-PDX land, they’re back in it in a BIG way with huge wins over SFU, WWU, NNU, and now MSUB. The bad news is that next week they’re in Alaska, but who knows? This insane turn around could continue. Nicely done Wildcats!

Insane night of basketball; we had a great time.

Game previews’ll be up in the AM.

Previewing Tonight’s Games!

We have several douzies on the schedule and so… Let’s discuss the possibilities!

All times pacific.

UAF @ WWU @ 7pm

Ridiculously excited for this game, meanwhile not as excited as we probably should be? WWU is in a MASSIVE downward spiral, while UAF just had a topsy-turvy weekend, beating Seattle Pacific, and losing to Saint Martin’s. Both teams are going to want to right the ship, but who’s going to want it more and who’s going to be able to achieve it? While we’re sure WWU is going to want it (losing to your bottom third rival is brutal), they were at full fire power and yet they couldn’t get it done, despite being the most experienced team in the conference. While we lean heavily toward UAF winning, we’ll humor the Vikings:

Prediction: Pick ’em.

UAA @ SFU @ 7pm

Also ridiculously excited for this game. SFU is coming off of two close losses to the East schools, while UAA is coming off of an agonizingly close loss to SPU at home. Much like the Vikings, SFU is in a downward spiral, and… We believe in Steve Hanson’s coaching more than Tony Dominguez, and yet for some reason we believe in the WWU players more than the SFU players -SFU has more turnovers than a bake sale, and that is going to be brutal against this Anchorage team, although admittedly not as brutal as it’ll be against Shadeed on Saturday.

Prediction: UAA wins.

MSUB @ CWU @ 7:30pm

CWU is coming off of three fantastic victories over SFU, WWU, and NNU, and they’re going to want to keep the ball rolling in a big way. They still have zero consistency, and continue to play like a poor man’s version of UAF (salt in the wound, we know), but… 3-0 in their last three games is 3-0. MSUB is coming off of a bit of a brutal loss to WOU, and so they’ll be hoping to bounce back under the guise of “it’s only this season’s version of CWU,” and yet… The Wildcats are clicking into gear at the right time, because NNU was starting to look really good and yet still got the ‘L’ against Central.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CU-PDX @ SMU @ 7:30pm

For a while there it was looking like SMU was even worse than CU-PDX, which in the GNAC would be some type of backwards level achievement, but alas… SMU is gelling. We’re really curious to see about their line-up. Logan Rooney had been faltering in his bench role, and yet he got shifted up to starting and now he is dynamite. While “it’s not who starts the game, it’s who finishes it” we do get that it’s hard to get a rhythm, and mentally it’s hard to watch someone “ahead of you” repeatedly turning the ball over 5+ times and shooting terribly, meanwhile you’re stuck on the bench. That said, maybe it was just “unexpected playing time” luck? Will Logan now be in his own head too much? We shall see. The big match-up’ll be Marky Adams vs. Dakota Ayala, so that’ll be fun. Should be a good game.

Prediction: SMU wins.

WOU @ SPU @ 7:30pm

This feels like a big game, and we have every bit of confidence that the Wolves are going to throw everything they have at SPU. People get up to play at RBP (families included), and we have no doubt the Wolves will do exactly that. Last time the two teams met, SPU eked out a win in Monmouth for the first time since 2013. Usually we don’t care about streaks like that, but… SPU is the one semi-consistent “heavy weight” this conference has, and so for WOU to hold a streak like that over them is pretty big, and they’re going to want revenge for the Falcons finally breaking it. Will the Wolves get a win in Seattle? Maybe. If Harry Cavell keeps taking way too many shots while cold, probably.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Yes we’re aware that all of these games are in fact in pacific time regardless.

We’ll be at the SPU game, come say ‘hi.’

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Player-of-the-Week #6!

What an amazing week of games, some very fun numbers were put up and so…

Here are your nominees:

UAF: Shadeed Shabazz
UAA: Tobin Karlberg
SFU: Julian Roche
WWU: N/A —> Donated to Alex Sommerfield of UAF.
SPU: Shaw Anderson
SMU: Logan Rooney
NNU: Spider Adentunji
MSUB: Zharon Richmond
WOU: Emanuel Gant

Player-of-the-Week: Shadeed Shabazz of UAF.

Fun note about Shadeed winning: He had two fantastic games, but he did lose the battle against Divant’e Moffitt of SPU; Divant’e edged him out just slightly. Usually individual games are pretty moot to us, but they both put up fantastic numbers on a regular basis and we’d love to see them play on the same Pro-Am team this Summer as a 1-2 punch because we think it would be amazing.

Congrats on another great week, Shadeed!